March 10, 2003

Yet More Stuff to Add to the Pile

Lance Knobel adds to the list of things I must read:

Davos Newbies Home: There's been an enormous amount of comment on two recently posted documents: World of Ends, by Doc Searls and David Weinberger, and The Pentagon's New Map, by Thomas Barnett. I'm still digesting World of Ends. On the New Map, I agree that it's largely a cogent restating of what has already been amply documented about the new strategic doctrine of the Bush administration...

I have read one of them. I did read The Pentagon's New Map. I had an uneasy feeling while reading it. It seemed to me to be a set of arguments I had run across--in what seemed to me to be a more developed and systematic form--in Singer and Wildavsky's The Real World Order, and I kept on expecting a footnote dropped to or a paragraph engaging Singer and Wildavsky's view of the argument that did not come. When it's not my field, and when even I with my limited knowledge nevertheless think that the author has not taken appropriate care to situate his argument in its proper place in the web of past and present thoughts on the topic, I get very nervous.

So I have added Singer and Wildavsky to the pile as well: I clearly need to reread it...

Posted by DeLong at March 10, 2003 11:17 AM | TrackBack


I've read Barnett, and he's well worth reading. His work "smells" like Wallerstein's World-Systems Theory - a lot of the jargon is there, but rebadged.

Me, I'd prefer if the net-copy was footnoted, or at least has a bibliography, even if the copy in Esquire isnt.

As far as his argument, I believe that while security and strong states are neccessary for development, they arent sufficient.

A risk is that the strong state morphs into the internal-security state (the Middle East is full of people who have read Luttwak's Coup d'Etat), and for the internal-security state the disorder that accompanies development is a security risk that must be prevented.

To close, a quote, allegedly by Napoleon ... 'You can do anything with bayonets, except sit on them".

Ian Whitchurch

Posted by: Ian Whitchurch on March 10, 2003 03:58 PM
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